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It is no wonder that the NCTE Elementary Section Steering Committee, comprising some of the most imaginative and introspective minds in the English language arts field, would eloquently encapsulate a pivotal issue in the nationwide standards dialogue. Within the group's four page position statement is tucked this truth, "Standards represent what we value (NCTE Elementary Section Steering Committee, 1996, p. 2)." This brief declaration speaks to the enormous emotional investment which standards discussions involve and exemplifies the responsibility of creating standards.

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